New York Demolition Accident Attorneys

Sorry to hear you were in a demolition accident

At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, we understand the devastating impact a demolition accident can have on your life. From medical bills and lost wages to long-term injuries and disabilities, the consequences can be severe and far-reaching.


Our experienced lawyers have handled numerous cases involving demolition accidents, and we know the steps necessary to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. We’re here to guide you through the process, fight for your rights, and help you get the justice you’re entitled to. Allow us the honor and privilege of putting the experience and passion of our law firm’s team to work for you. Call 516-342-2200 today!

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Do You Have Questions About Your Demolition Accident Case?

Did you receive medical attention immediately following your demolition accident?

If you have been involved in a demolition accident, immediate medical attention is crucial. Delaying treatment can worsen your injuries, and it may also make it harder to establish a record of your injuries, which is critical in pursuing a personal injury claim. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, we understand the importance of prompt medical attention, and we can help you find the right medical care to address your injuries.

Have you reported your demolition accident?

If you have been involved in a demolition accident, prompt reporting to the relevant authorities is crucial to protecting your legal rights and ensuring that the cause of the accident is thoroughly investigated. Reporting the accident can also help to preserve evidence that can be critical in establishing liability and proving negligence.


Delaying the reporting of a demolition accident can weaken your case and reduce your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries. As time passes, critical details may be forgotten or evidence may be lost, making it harder to establish liability and prove the full extent of your damages.

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Speak to an experienced demolition accident attorney right away

If you have been involved in a demolition accident that resulted in a building collapse, the legal process can be overwhelming. At Schwartzapfel Lawyers, we can help you work through the legal process, understand your rights, and get the financial compensation you deserve.


Our experienced New York construction accident attorneys can evaluate your injuries, determine the full cost of your damages, negotiate with insurance companies, and guide you through the legal process. With Schwartzapfel Lawyers on your side, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal aspects of your case.

Make sure to keep documentation of your demolition accident

Collecting evidence after a demolition accident is crucial to building a strong case for fair compensation. Evidence includes photos, videos, witnesses, and medical records to demonstrate injuries, prove negligence, and support claims.


Delaying collection weakens the case, as details are forgotten, and evidence becomes harder to obtain. Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 516-342-2200 for a free consultation and experienced help in gathering and preserving evidence.

Building Demolition Accident FAQs

What are common causes of demolition accidents?

Demolition accidents can occur due to a variety of factors. These may include the use of unsafe equipment or tools in the demolition process, a lack of proper safety procedures or training for workers, or the failure to properly inspect the building or structure prior to demolition.


Inadequate preparation of the demolition site, failure to properly secure the surrounding area to prevent injuries to bystanders, and negligence or recklessness on the part of the demolition contractor or workers can also contribute to demolition accidents.


Improper handling or disposal of hazardous materials, structural failures or collapses during the demolition process, adverse weather conditions such as high winds or heavy rain, and communication errors or misunderstandings between workers, contractors, or other parties involved in the demolition process can also be contributing factors to demolition accidents.

How long do you have to file a personal injury claim after a demolition accident in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim after a demolition accident is generally three (3) years from the date of the accident. This means that you must file your claim within three (3) years or risk losing your right to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.


However, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as if the victim is a minor or if the claim is against a government entity. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that your legal rights are protected and to determine the appropriate timeline for filing your claim.

What kind of compensation can you receive for a demolition accident injury in New York?

If you’ve been hurt and need a demolition accident attorney in New York, you may be entitled to financial compensation for a variety of damages, including but not limited to:


  1. Medical expenses, such as hospital bills, doctor visits, and the cost of medication or medical equipment.
  2. Lost wages, including any income you have lost due to your injury.
  3. Pain and suffering, including physical and emotional distress caused by your injury.
  4. Disability, if your injury has left you permanently disabled or unable to work.
  5. Disfigurement or scarring, if your injury has caused permanent scarring or disfigurement.
  6. Loss of consortium, if your injury has affected your relationship with your spouse or significant other.

The specific amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the circumstances of your case, the severity of your injuries, and the extent of your damages. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the maximum compensation available for your injuries.

To learn more now, call Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 516-342-2200 today!

What are common types of demolition site accidents?

Demolition work sites are inherently risky, often involving heavy machinery and explosives. Common construction site accidents include but are not limited to:


  • Premature detonation
  • Mishandling of explosives
  • Unexpected collapse of structures (e.g., walls or roofs)
  • Falls from heights
  • Being hit by debris
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Electrocution
  • Equipment failure
  • Entrapment under collapsed platforms

These accidents can lead to severe injuries like fractures, internal damage, burns, and even traumatic brain injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact an experienced demolition accident attorney like Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 516-342-2200 for a free consultation today. NYC construction accident victims can count on us, whether they’re dealing with serious injury cases, crane accidents, safety equipment malfunctions, or other common issues.

What can I claim in a workers' compensation case after a demolition accident?

In New York City construction accidents, workers can claim compensation for various expenses, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, medical tests, prescriptions, physical therapy, prosthetics, and attendant care.


If your injuries prevent you from working, you’re entitled to compensation for lost wages, typically two-thirds of your average weekly wage. The duration and amount of these payments depend on your injury’s severity and job responsibilities. In cases of permanent disability, you may be eligible for additional benefits.

How do I know if I have a valid demolition accident claim?

Determining the validity of a demolition accident claim in New York often revolves around the circumstances of the injury. If the injury occurred while performing work-related duties, whether on-site or off (such as running errands for your team or performing tasks at home), it may qualify.


This includes scenarios outside regular working hours, provided they are connected to your employment in the construction industry. Common causes of demolition accidents include but are not limited to:


  • Falling objects
  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Scaffold-related incidents

Understanding New York Labor Law and OSHA regulations is also crucial. For a comprehensive case evaluation and to learn if your situation qualifies for a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit, contact the experienced attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers in New York City, New Jersey, and beyond at 516-342-2200. With over (150) combined years of experience, our award-winning law office offers free consultations, ensuring accessibility and support for all injured construction workers and their loved ones.

What should I do immediately after a demolition site injury?

If you suffer an injury at a demolition site, your immediate priority should be seeking medical attention. Do not feel compelled to use your employer’s designated doctor; you have the right to choose your medical provider. Documenting your injuries and the accident scene, if possible, is also crucial.


This documentation can be critical in construction accident cases, especially in NYC, where construction sites are complex environments. Once medically stable, it’s vital to consult with a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer who can help you through the intricacies of New York Labor Law and workers’ compensation benefits.


Our experienced legal team at Schwartzapfel Lawyers proudly serves areas like Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island. We’re well-equipped to guide you through the claims process, focusing on maintaining your rights and securing the money and benefits you’re entitled to for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Call 516-342-2200 today for your free consultation. And remember, one phone call may save you miles of headache, heartache, and financial strain down the line. Don’t delay!

Can I sue my employer after a demolition site accident?

In the aftermath of a demolition accident on the job site, the typical course of action in New York is to file a workers’ compensation claim rather than a lawsuit against your employer. This claim can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs.


That said, in more extreme cases, such as those involving gross negligence or violation of specific safety measures, additional legal action against responsible parties might be possible. Here, those parties can include:


  • General contractors
  • Property owners
  • Subcontractors

It’s important to note that every case is unique, and understanding the details is key to determining the best legal route. In this spirit, the personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers do exactly that.


Call us now at 516-342-2200 for a free consultation to discuss your rights, potential outcomes, and the details of New York personal injury law in construction accident lawsuits. Don’t wait until your window to recovery closes forever. Your financial future is too important.

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